Quantum reflection engineering: The bichromatic evanescent-wave mirror

R. Côté, B. Segev

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The design of atom-optic components to manipulate ultracold atoms is analyzed. It is shown that it is possible to enhance significantly quantum effects by engineering sharp features in the interaction potential between atoms and the component. The concept is illustrated by calculating the reflection probability for ultracold sodium atoms incident on a bichromatic evanescent-wave atomic mirror created by laser red and blue detuned from resonance with intensities and detunings chosen to enhance quantum reflection of a purely attractive potential.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041604
Pages (from-to)416041-416044
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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